Friday evening, the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo celebrated pioneer German archaeologist Karl Lepsius, one of the founders of the modern scientific discipline of Egyptology. Lepsius led several expeditions to Egypt and the Sudan, studying the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and other important archaeological sites.
During Friday's gala ceremony, Stephan Seidlmayer, director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, honoured and welcomed three distinguished scholars — one German and two Egyptians — as members of the institute.
German Christiana Köhler, from the University of Vienna, is one of the most distinguished specialists in the field of Egyptian prehistory and state formation.
Maged Negm, professor of Egyptology and vice president of Helwan University, played an important role in creating the new study programme "Cultural Heritage Management and Museology" in cooperation with the Technical University of Cottbus in Germany.
Third, Hisham El-Leithy, director of publications at the Ministry of State for Antiquities, has cooperated with the German Archaeological Institute for many years.
El-Leithy was also honoured for his efforts to strength German-Egyptian relations in the field of archaeology.